A cannabis factory in a Birmingham house went up in flames
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A makeshift cannabis factory was discovered by firefighters after white smoke was seen swelling out of the roof of a semi-detached house in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police said that overloaded wiring at the property in Hamstead Hall Avenue in Handsworth Wood posed a “huge threat” to public safety.

Crews from Handsworth community fire station attended the blaze at about 6.50am on Sunday.

Jumbles of wires were rigged up to a fuse box inside the three-bedroom home, which West Midlands Police cannabis disposal team said “had endangered the lives of neighbours”.